Heads up, audiophiles: Sound gets a new dimension as electronic artiste and producer Surkin — also known as Gener8ion — brings the world of music to haute horlogerie with Audemars Piguet. Commissioned by the luxury Swiss maison to track the audio footprint of the Supersonnerie timepiece from their famed Royal Oak collection, Surkin gives the iconic chiming watch his own artistic spin.
Travelling to the hometown of Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus in the Vallée de Joux, Surkin was immersed in the auditory experience of haute horlogerie as well as the sounds produced by the valley's resplendent nature. Fascinated by the stark contrast of the manufactory's calm orderly activity dedicated to the most minute of details compared against the pure wilderness located just outside its walls, Surkin was inspired to create a soundtrack that juxtaposes the natural ambient sounds of the Vallée de Joux with acoustics of Audemars Piguet's workshops.
In collecting hundreds of tones during his foray into the world of Audemars Piguet, Surkin records a dialogue between the art of precision watchmaking and the raw elemental rhythms of Le Brassus that include the key constituent sounds of watchmaking layered with natural thunder and echoes from the valley. A representation of a day in the life of the maison, four unique soundtracks have been specially mixed to depict Audemars Piguet, beating in time to the melodic strikes of the Royal Oak Supersonnerie. A sensory collaborative project of the acoustic kind, treat your senses to the music of haute horlogerie.
A concerto that heralds the start of the day, 6h03 envisions the fields of Le Brassus slowly warmed by the rising morning sun as the mist vanishes over the Vallée. Marching to the beat of a watch escapement with the characteristic sounds of Audemars Piguet's complications, the opening track is a distinguished symphony.
Like clockwork whirling in symmetry, the sounds of watchmaking within the manufactory permeate 10h45. A combination of manual filing tones mixed with the buzz of machine noises, the succeeding track is an aural illustration of an expert watchmaker's work.
A transcript of the natural forces of the Vallée de Joux, 16h15 is a tribute to the extreme environment and the mountainous beauty of the land. A captured fragment that explores this untamed magnificence, Surkin's awe of Audemars Piguet's hometown transmits to all who listen.
Symbolic of the end of a fruitful day, Surkin winds down with 22h17 that echoes the chiming patterns of the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie. The achievement du jour, the last of the four-piece soundtrack is a coalition of organic and synthesised sounds — the ultimate auditory representation of cutting-edge horology, where man and machine embrace each other in perfect harmony.